Summit downs Huskies, 21-14 |

Summit downs Huskies, 21-14

Preston Utley/putley@vaildaily.comBattle Mountains Aaron Wilcox out runs defenders and puts the Huskies on the board early inm the first quarter, Friday night in Eagle-Vail.

EAGLE-VAIL – Summit giveth and it taketh away.With his team trailing, 21-14, with 5:56 left in the game Friday night at Phelan Field, Battle Mountain’s Mike Janssen crushed Summit quarterback Talon Roggasch, forcing a fumble.With Battle Mountain recovering the ball on the Tigers’ 45-yard line, the Huskies looked poised to drive for a game-tying score. But three plays later, Summit’s Jordan McCarthy stripped the ball from Huskies quarterback Bart Cuomo and Adam Rockford fell on it, sealing a 21-14 victory for the Tigers.For Summit, it was sheer jubilation after the Huskies routed the Tigers last year.”This was a huge win for our program,” Summit coach Dylan Hollingsworth said. “We talked to the kids all week about how tough Battle Mountain put it on us. With the new staff and the new players on the team, we felt like we had something to prove.”

For the Huskies it was a tough loss to swallow. They were up 14-7 at the half. They moved the ball well at times. The defense was excellent – all three of Summit’s scores came on drives that started in Huskies’ territory – producing two turnovers. But in the end, it was not enough.”Ultimately, we knocked the ball lose twice,” Huskies coach Pat Engle said. “I think we had two fumbles. I don’t believe we capitalized on either one of them. That’s just the next step in this program. That’s just the next step now. My kids are just really frustrated right now. They’re more frustrated than I’ve ever seen them and that’s a good thing because they care.”Huskies lead early

Chad Wilkison gave the Huskies some nice field position with a fumble recovery on their own 45. The Huskies went three-and-out, but more so a botched snap on the punt put Summit on the Battle Mountain 38.Roggasch hooked up with Shadoe Amaya for 32 yards to put the Tigers on the doorstep. Roggasch, a freshman, called his own number for a 1-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.Battle Mountain needed all of two plays to tie the game. Aaron Wilcox ran for 24 yards and then for another 47 yards on the next play and it was all tied up.While the Huskies didn’t capitalize on their two fumble recoveries, they did cash in on Kristjan Gannon’s interception late in the second quarter. From the Summit 19, the Huskies needed only four plays to score. Cuomo capped the drive with a 2-yard plunge for a 14-7 halftime lead.

Summit goes on the marchBattle Mountain’s offense struggled on its first two possessions of the second half and that gave Summit the ball on the Huskies’ 39 and 45 on its first two drives of the third quarter. The Tigers scored on both drives. Jordan Sitkoski rolled in from 10 yards out to tie it at 14. He had a 1-yard run on the next drive, which was the eventual game-winner.”The only adjustments we made is we went back to some base stuff,” Hollingsworth said. “They gave us a different look than we thought they were going to give us and so we didn’t feel comfortable making the adjustments in the first half. So second half when we came out, we just went back to the basics like we’ve been doing all year.””My God, they played well,” Engle said of his team. “They never quit. I hate saying that stuff. It’s not a victory that we don’t quit anymore. We talked about taking the next step and the only thing we didn’t do is win the football game. It was frustrating. We were ahead of a football team, 14-7, going into halftime and then you go three-and-out and they come back and score – bang, bang, bang.”

Battle Mountain did have one good drive in the second half, marching from its own 20-yard line to Summit’s 10. But the Huskies’ offense stalled and Kyle Moore’s field goal attempt was short.Summit then soaked up half of the fourth quarter with a deliberate drive, which ended with Janssen’s hit. After Cuomo’s fumble, the Huskies stopped Summit, but Tigers punter Braden Shoop nailed a beautiful coffin corner kick, sticking the Huskies on their own 3 for their final drive. The Huskies’ last gasp was snuffed out by an interception from Summit’s Ryan Eberhart.Next up for Summit (3-1) is its Homecoming game against Buena Vista on Friday. Battle Mountain (1-3) heads down to Hot Stuff Stadium for a date with archrival, Eagle Valley, Friday night at 7.Sports editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555 or via, Colorado

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